- Jeffrey Hotz
- Associate Professor of English, Department Chair
B.A., 1994, Georgetown University
M.A., 1997, Georgetown University
Ph.D., 2004, George Washington University
Jeffrey Hotz has been a faculty member in the English Department at East Stroudsburg University since 2007. His main area of specialization is early American literature. He is the author of Divergent Visions, Contested Spaces: The Early United States through the Lens of Travel (Routledge, 2006), a study of real and imagined travels in the Early Republic and the antebellum period. He is currently finishing a book on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s late career, the period from 1861 until the poet’s death in 1882. In 2015, he was awarded the Diana Korzenik Research Fellowship from the Friends of the Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site to research the letters and journals of Frances Elizabeth Appleton Longfellow, the wife of the poet.
- Bill Broun
- Associate Professor of English
B.A., 1989, Miami University of Ohio
M.A., 1993, Miami University of Ohio
M.F.A., 1998, University of Houston
A novelist, short-story writer, and widely published journalist, Bill Broun teaches professional and creative writing at ESU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a special interest in journalism and digital media.
He serves as faculty adviser to the student newspaper, the Stroud Courier, and he assists with the Master’s in Professional and Digital Media Writing, a program he helped design.
Before coming to ESU in 2006, Broun spent many years as a news reporter, music journalist, and news editor, including long stints as the editor of several weekly newspapers in Texas. In London, he was employed as a copyeditor at a host of British newspapers and magazines, with staff positions at the Guardian and Architects’ Journal. Immediately before teaching at ESU, he was a lecturer in writing for four years at Yale University.
His byline has appeared in Alternative Press Magazine, the Washington Post, New York Times, the Times (London), the Times Literary Supplement, as well as specialty publications such as the Architects’ Journal and Publishers Weekly.
His debut novel, Night of The Animals (Ecco/HarperCollins), was published in 2016 to international critical acclaim, with positive reviews in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and in many other publications. It was chosen as one of Slate’s Best Books of 2016.
Broun lives in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, and on Twitter at @Broun
- Andrew Crooke
- Instructor of English
B.A., 2001, Cornell University
M.A., 2011, University of Iowa
Ph.D., 2013, University of Iowa
Andrew Crooke teaches literature and writing courses at East Stroudsburg University, where he joined the English Department in 2015. He has also taught at Moravian College, Temple University, Widener University, and the College of New Jersey. His research and teaching focus on American literature, with special interests in modernism, contemporary fiction, multiethnic studies, place-based writing, and photo-textual representations of poverty. He has published several parts of his dissertation, In Praise of Peasants: Ways of Seeing the Rural Poor in the Work of James Agee, Walker Evans, John Berger, and Jean Mohr.
- Kathleen Duguay
- Professor of English
B.A., 1981, North Adams State College
M.A., 1985, SUNY at Binghamton
Ph.D., 1997, SUNY at Albany
Kathleen Duguay earned her Ph.D. at the University at Albany—SUNY. She joined the faculty at East Stroudsburg University in 1997 where she has taught a variety of writing and literature courses. Her areas of interest are world literature, composition and rhetoric, and computer-assisted instruction. In the last five years she has developed several distance education offerings of English department courses. She has published in the area of computers and writing and presented conference papers on topics in both world literature and composition theory and practice.
- Erica Dymond
- Assistant Professor of English
B.A., 1995, Marywood University
M.A., 2000, University of Scranton
Ph.D., 2009, Lehigh University
Dr. Erica Joan Dymond came to East Stroudsburg University in 2013. Prior to this, she taught film and literature for ten years at Lehigh University with concurrent teaching at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.
As a result of her academic achievements, Dr. Dymond attended Lehigh University's Ph.D. program on a full teaching fellowship. In her time at Lehigh, Dr. Dymond was also awarded a senior teaching fellowship which granted her advanced classes in film and literature.
Dr. Dymond has been a consulting editor for the peer-reviewed, academic journal The Explicator since 2011. She has also acted as a manuscript reviewer for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and a peer-reviewer for Focal Press.
Horror film theory is Dr. Dymond's specialty. The majority of her research resides in this area. Other areas of expertise include: art house and international cinema, Gothic-period literature, British Romantic poetry, and postcolonial theory.
When not behind the podium, Dr. Dymond enjoys losing countless hours in World of Warcraft ("For the Horde!"), dissecting The Walking Dead, and seeking the wisdom of Louis C. K.
- Sandra Eckard
- Professor of English
B.A., 1994, Frostburg State University
M.A., 1996, West Virginia University
Ph.D., 2001, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Eckard directs the Writing Studio here at ESU, the hot-spot for writing tutoring on campus. In addition, teaches a variety of writing and literature courses and works with education majors. She presents at conferences regularly, and her latest book series, Comic Connections, is published by Rowman and Littlefield Education.
Teaching with Popular Culture, Comics and Comic Studies, Composition Pedagogy, Writing Center Administration, Literature and Film Studies
Student Group Advising
Anime Club Co-Advisor
Publications & Presentations
The Ties that Bind: Storytelling as a Teaching Technique in Writing Centers and Composition Classrooms
Yin and Yang in the English Classroom: Teaching with Popular Culture Texts
Comic Connections Series on Teaching:
Analyzing Hero and Identity
Reflecting on Women in Popular Culture
Building Character and Theme
- Jennifer Harrison
- Instructor of English
B.A., 2005, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Ph.D., 2009, Aberystwyth University
Jen Harrison arrived at East Stroudsburg University in the fall of 2016. Jen completed her PhD in children's and Victorian literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK, as well as later training as a secondary school English teacher. She has taught English to students at all levels of education from nursery school to graduate study.
Jen teaches English Literature, Composition, Professional Writing and Creative Writing. She is especially interested in teaching children's literature and writing for children, and writing non-fiction.
Jen's research focuses on three primary areas in the field of children’s and YA literature: environmental studies, posthumanism, and non-fiction; she is an editor for the peer-reviewed children’s literature and culture journal, Jeunesse, as well as The Children's Book Review website. Jen also writes an academic blog on children's literature studies, The Worrisome Words Blog
Jen is an active member of the APSCUF GISJ Committee, as well as the English Department Composition and ENGL090 Committees. She is also a member of the University-Wide Author Reception Committee.
Publications & Presentations
Jen is currently working on an edited collection on Winnie-the-Pooh for the University Press of Mississippi, and has a forthcoming monograph on YA dystopia for Lexington Books. She has recently published papers on Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Neil Gaiman.